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Friends of Orange County Youth Bureau Fund

Date Established: February 14, 2017

Attention: Friends and Business Colleagues      From: Susan Murray-Tetz, Awards Committee Chair

The Orange County Youth Bureau, and its Youth Advisory Board/Collaboration for Community Change are getting ready to host the 39th Annual County Executive Youth Awards (virtually). Over the years, this event has provided hundreds of local youths with richly deserved recognition. Awards support youth whose performance and perseverance might otherwise be overlooked. These young people represent those demonstrating tremendous citizenship/volunteerism and include students who have overcome tremendous adversity to be successful and become role models for other youth.  Even now through the COVID pandemic, there have been many positive examples of youth resilience and youth volunteers helping to meet an increased need throughout the County.

Award categories include: Positive Change Leading to Success for young people who have overcome a family or personal difficulty, are succeeding in school, and have become role models to other youth;
Spirit of Success
for young people experiencing grave physical or medical difficulty;
Outstanding Citizenship/Volunteerism/Leadership;
and Healthy Living Award/Healthy Orange

Nominations come from school and community-based organizations that work with children/youth. There are winners in two grade levels, grades 2-8 and grades 9-12. 

The generosity of family, friends and businesses has enabled us to give monetary awards to the first, second, and third place winners.  Such tax-deductible charitable contributions also help make the investment for future years when we can return to our annual Youth Bureau Luncheon to present the awards in person, with an average of 450 guests in attendance!

Please consider contributing by May 21, 2021 to ensure being listed as a supporter, in the printable awards program, which will be made available online.  (Though donations will certainly be accepted after this date!)

Friend: under $200   Bronze: $200 to $499   Silver: $500-$999    Gold: $1,000-$2,499   Platinum: $2,500 and over

For info about last year’s Award Recipients and the virtual program, please visit:

The Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau Fund was created to enhance existing and/or provide additional services that are not currently in the Youth Bureau’s operating budget. This fund will be utilized for special projects (i.e. youth scholarships, skill building opportunities for children, youth, young adults, and families).

Orange County Youth Bureau’s Mission: To promote positive youth development through County-wide integrated planning, funding, monitoring, coordinating and developing youth and family services programs for Orange County youth ages 0-21.

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Promoting Positive Youth Development since 1978!

Donations are fully tax-deductible charitable contributions and should be made payable to CFOS-Friends of the Orange County Youth Bureau Fund.